Holiday Lessons

Holiday Lessons


Holiday lessons provide a fun and easy way for students to learn about our government and its history. Each holiday honors a person or event that had a lasting influence on our nation. Federal holidays like the Fourth of July are patriotic. Some holidays originated outside the United States but are enjoyed by Americans of all origins. The holiday material on this civics website includes: photo lessons, worksheets, crossword puzzles, PowerPoint presentations, videos, and more. Best wishes on all occasions and holidays, Christina Niven.


New Year’s Day – January 1

Inauguration Day – January 20 every fourth year – Next one is in 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – third Monday in January


Black History Month – Month of February

Groundhog Day – February 2

Super Bowl Sunday – February 3, 2013

Chinese New Year – February 10, 2013

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday – day before Ash Wednesday – Tuesday, February 12 in 2013

Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12

Valentine’s Day – February 14 Lesson on Flowers

Presidents Day – third Monday in February

Washington’s Birthday – February 22


National Women’s History Month – March

National Grammar Day – March 4

Daylight Savings Time – March 10, 2013 – Sunday at 2:00 AM

Saint Patrick’s Day – March 17

Spring – March 20, 2013

Easter – March 31, 2013 – Sunday between March 22 and April 25

Cesar Chavez Day – March 31 (States vary…)


Library Week – April 14-20, 2013

Earth Day – April 22

Administrative Assistants – April 24, 2013

Arbor Day – last Friday in April (States vary…)


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month – Month of May

Teacher Appreciation Day – Tuesday of the first full week of May

Cinco de Mayo – May 5

Mother’s Day – second Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day – third Saturday in May

Memorial Day – last Monday in May


Graduation – Months of May and June

Flag Day – June 14

Father’s Day – third Sunday of June

First Day of Summer – June 21, 2013

Summer – June 21, 2013

ESL Lessons for Summer School – Summer school starts in June or July.


Fourth of July – July 4th


Labor Day – September 2, 2013

Patriot Day – September 11

First Week of ESL Class – September

Autumn or Fall – September 22, 2013

Fall or Autumn, Lesson 2 – September 22, 2013


Columbus Day – October 12 or Second Monday in October

United Nations Day – October 24

Halloween – October 31


Daylight Savings Time Ends – November 3, 2013 – Sunday 2:00 AM

Election Day – Tuesday following the first Monday of November – November 5, 2013

Veterans Day – weekday closest to November 11 – Nov. 11, 2013

Hanukkah – Starts Wednesday, Nov.27, 2013 at sunset

Thanksgiving – fourth Thursday in November – November 28, 2013


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – December 7

Winter – December 21, 2013

Christmas – December 25

Kwanzaa – December 26 to January 1

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About This Book

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

“…Will hold readers from the first word to the last.” — Horn Book

About the Authors or Illustrators

Author of “Fever 1793.”

Proficiency Exam Information

Proficiency Exam Information

The week of March 5, 2012, is crucial for high school students in the Clark County School District. It is when high schools will administer the High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) in mathematics, writing, reading and science.

Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the exams and attend school on the test days. Juniors and seniors who have already passed the HSPE in math, science, reading and writing, along with all ninth grade students, should check their school’s testing schedule and attendance requirements.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors who still need to pass any portion of the exam – math, reading, (writing – juniors & seniors) or science – are advised to be at school on those test day(s) and ready to go.

CCSD’s HSPE campaign will include posters in schools and a ParentLink telephone message.

Students can prepare for the math portion of the test by utilizing a tutorial at


Tutoring for the March administration of the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam in Mathematics is available at several public libraries January 30 – March 4, 2012. Please download the flyer below for dates, times, and locations.

Math Proficiency Tutoring Flyer

Some high schools offer tutoring on-site after school. Contact your child’s school for more information.


Practice Proficiency Exam
Regional Professional Development Program (RPDP)
Curriculum & Professional Development Division (CPD)
Free Math Help
RPDP – English
RPDP – Science
Nevada Department of Eduacation – HSPE